939.261 TAMPERING WITH WATER UTILITY EQUIPMENT.
   No person shall knowingly, without the City’s consent, with intent to violate Section 939.26:
(a)   Tamper with a water meter, conduit, or attachment of the City;
(b)   Reconnect a water meter, conduit, or attachment of the City that has been disconnected by the City.
   In a prosecution under division (a) of this section, proof that a meter, conduit, or attachment of the City has been tampered with is prima-facie evidence that the person who is obligated to pay for the service rendered through the meter, conduit, or attachment and is in possession or control of the meter, conduit, or attachment at the time the tampering occurred has caused the tampering with intent to violate Section 939.26.
   In a prosecution under division (b) of this section, proof that a meter, conduit, or attachment disconnected by the City has been reconnected without the consent of the utility, is prima-facie evidence that the person in possession or control of the meter, conduit, or attachment at the time of the reconnection has reconnected the meter, conduit, or attachment with intent to violate Section 939.26.
   As used in this section, City means the City of Sandusky and any of its authorized agents, lessees, trustees, or receivers.
   As used in this section, to “tamper” means to interfere with, damage, or by-pass a utilty meter, conduit, or attachment with the intent to impede the correct registration of a meter or the proper functions of a conduit or attachment so as to alter the amount of utility service that is registered on said meter. 
(Ord. 96-225.  Passed 11-25-96.)